From the monthly archives: March 2018

Kasich announced a six-point proposal to change Ohio’s gun laws. But he hasn’t lifted a finger to actually get anything through the Ohio legislature.

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“We are living in very strange times, and they are likely to get a lot stranger before things bottom out,” Dr. Hunter S. Thompson warned his readers more than forty years ago. But if the “Gonzo journalist” was accurate in his observations then, what would he say about the present?

For the last week, headlines in the US have started to tell the story about a once-obscure company called Cambridge Anayltica and its use of data mining techniques in the 2016 election. The full details of how a company, funded by the mega-rich right-wing Mercer family, snared the profiles […]

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Last night, in a highly predictable development, the Franklin County Democratic Party voted to endorse Rich Cordray and other statewide democrats in the May Primary. Some were less excited with the move.

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Anderson Township Trustee, Andrew Pappas, is mocking Parkland students and promoting crazy conspiracy theories- even after being given evidence that the conspiracies are false. This is becoming standard behavior for the GOP.

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From Russia with Lust

On March 28, 2018 By

A Cleveland-born lobbyist who is implicated in the Paul Manafort indictments has had a long-term cozy relationship with Ohio Republicans and even served on John Kasich’s 2016 Presidential Steering Committee. Ed Kutler was a senior lobbyist at powerhouse DC Public Affairs firm, Mercury, until he departed in 2017 to found his own shop. According to their own Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) filings and numerous press reports, Mercury is “Company A” in the Manafort indictment. Kutler also has extensive family connections to the somewhat forgotten pornography empire of Cleveland’s own Reuben Sturman and La Cosa Nostra.

It is […]

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Not A Lost Weekend

On March 27, 2018 By

Some weekend, huh?

Hundreds of thousands of mostly young protesters demanding action on tighter gun controls; Stormy Daniels, Donald Trump’s former anonymous witch-in-the-hunt telling Anderson Cooper about her sexual encounters with the Big Guy; feathery responses from the NRA defenders while Trump settled on golf with historic comings and goings on his political team.  Is this the “fine-tuned machine” that he once called his administration?

The naysayers of the historic student outpouring were clearly troubled to find the right words to satisfy their base from the worldwide uprising.  Rick Santorum, who is always around for unintended comic relief, said the […]

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In case you missed it, the Ohio Republican Party is running some of the most extremist candidates we’ve ever seen, up and down the ticket, in 2018. In the latest example, state Rep. Robert Sprague — a Republican candidate for Ohio Treasurer — has co-sponsored legislation that would ban all abortions, even in cases or rape, incest or to save a woman’s life, and would make abortion punishable by life in prison or the death penalty. The death penalty? How pro-life.

The New York Times editorialized about this:

Carrying to term a pregnancy against […]

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Ohio is eligible for millions in new federal money to secure our aging elections systems, thanks to new funding approved in the recently-enacted federal spending bill. Now, it’s up to John Kasich and Jon Husted to act.

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The Zombie Who Never Sleeps

On March 25, 2018 By

How can any of us sleep soundly at night knowing that the deranged Godfather who could change the face of the entire planet by pressing a button is desperately wading in the swamp of friendly dictators, porn stars, riflemen and newly appointed demonic war hawks without accountability?

In a matter of 24 hours, Donald Trump thrust upon us the savage militarist John Bolton, our hostile UN ambassador who has famously talked of bombing Iran and North Korea, as his top security advisor to replace  Lt. Gen. H. R. McMaster. He also appointed Fox News contributor Joseph diGenova, who blames the FBI and Department of Justice for trying to […]

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Ohio On the Road Again

On March 20, 2018 By

I see, with no small amount of alarm, that Ohio will be invaded this week by Donald Trump’s first team of minor Amerigarchs with a series of gold-plated fundraisers in Fostoria, Sidney, Troy and West Chester. Seems only fair that the rich donors who got such an uplifting tax break can show their appreciation with hefty contributions in at least four figures in small-town Ohio, right?

The guests of honor, courtesy of Ohio GOP chairwoman and Trump favorite Jane Timken, as the invitation reads, “fiery” Corey Lewandowski, and “consummate political pro” David Bossie. These two are authors of the book […]

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For years, the GOP has spun the narrative that their party is the party of fiscal concern. Democrats, who support increasing meager SNAP benefits, are accused rampant spending. Calls for greater funding to public education are met with outrage about the U.S. budget deficit.

However, with the passage of the Trump tax plan this December, the GOP killed the myth of Republican fiscal conservatism. The narrative of their party as the budget hawk party must die, too.

Some talking points:

The Congressional Budget Office has suggested that the tax overhaul passed in December will add over $1 trillion […]

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